Windows to Opportunity (WTO)

The Windows to Opportunity (WTO) program supports the positive development of youth through mentorships with professional artists. This program is aimed at youth who identify as “Black” between the ages of 12 to 24. The WTO program provides hands-on learning in five different fields of study: computer graphics/animation, dance, event planning, media arts and stand-up comedy.

This WTO 28-week program is delivered from October to May in two- or three-hour modules. For technology-driven classes, students are required to use their own equipment, e.g. a suitable laptop or camera. All classes are taught by professionals in their respective field(s).

Please check our website’s EVENTS calendar and/or our Facebook page for more info. Space is limited, so please register in advance via email to info@adbcc.org with the subject line “WTO.” Alternately, you may call us at 416-901-7720.

Monday – Wednesday; 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Admission: Free

Our Programs

Stand Up Comedy

This program helps you hone your craft while gaining an understanding of the Commercial side of the industry. Our program is comprised of seasoned, award winning mentors and professionals who are active in the comedy industry. You’ll learn Standup, improvisation, script writing, sketch comedy and all other aspects of the craft. In addition, this program offers further support though field trips to different comedy acts, guest speakers involved in the industry, comedy set visits and much much more.

Media Arts

This program provides a strong foundation in digital Photography and Film. Designed to build skills in art, design, creativity, communication and critical observation. This program prepares you for further education and a career paths in the multifaceted fields of Photography and Videography. You will experience hands-on learning under the guidance of working artists, attend field trips and photo walks all around the city and curate your own Gallery.

Computer Graphics

In our course, we are going to introduce the user to the basic level of each of the following Modules or Screen Tools using Blender 2.7. We will be learning the USER INTERFACE which as our main tool.

Dance

This culturally-responsive dance mentorship program is designed for aspiring artists seeking careers using cultural dance styles. Miss Coco Murray provides guidance to mentees who are navigating the dance landscape. This program includes movement vocabulary across the African and Caribbean diaspora, critical dialogue, trips, assignments, guest presentations and a performance opportunity.

Special Events

From poster designing to book launches, from planning the perfect event, or working behind the scenes to ensure performance events come together seamlessly, event and venue managers play a crucial role in the hospitality and entertainment industries. This course will focus on event planning, marketing, budgeting, contract negotiations, advertising and venue operations management, to give you all the tools you need to embark on rewarding careers in this field.

Hip Hop

This class features a hip hop-based curriculum created and taught by Marcus Singleton. It begins with a created space where your voice is heard. Such spaces help students look at their lives, community and the world with a critical lens while learning about social justice through historic events. Within Singleton’s curriculum, mentees can creatively and artistically express what they might be going through academically or personally without judgement.

Our Mentors

Standup Comedy with Kenny Robinson

A living legend on the Canadian comedy scene. Kenny's irreverent, socially conscience, intelligent, opinionated and profane style of comedy has made him a fixture and favourite with in the comedy community. He is the founder of the Nubian Nights of Pryor.

Media Arts with Ebti Nabag

Ebti is avisual artist skilled in photography, video, and installation. Her work is motivated by stories from the average human. She hopes her work bridges people together. Ebti has been showcased in a plethora of exhibits, including Vitiligo-AGO.

Media Arts with Tarquin

Tarquin is a creative who blends his love of storytelling with animation. Tarquin has 12 years of experience in Maya Instruction/Training and CG Support and numerous additional accolades.

Dance with Coco Murray

Coco is the Director of Miss Coco Murray, a mobile dance education business and the Artistic Director of Coco Collective, an intergenerational, multi-disciplinary team of artists offering collaborative arts-based projects.

Special events with Rachelle Bloomfield

Rachelle is a Restorative Schools Coordinator at Peacebuilders, and has a breadth of experience of planning and creating special events. She is skilled in creating and planning workshops for students and youth.

Hip Hop with Marcus Singleton

Marcus Singleton has a Master of Education from the University of Toronto’s OISE. Singleton uses his love of hip hop to give back by building a language arts, history and leadership development curriculum around the art form.

WTO Gallery